Special Events

Special Events


Since her death, millions of people have visited her home and many report the sightings of ghosts. Was the house built solely as a monument to the dead or do the phantoms Sarah communed with in life, or perhaps Sarah herself, still lurk nightly in the maze-like corridors of the Winchester Mystery House?

The tradition of Sarah Winchester’s bizarre legacy continues...

Every Friday the 13th the Winchester Mystery House opens its doors at night for special 55 minute Flashlight Tours. You’ll experience a “chill” as you tour the rambling mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms, frozen in a state of arrested decay or still resplendent in Victorian grandeur. Accompanied by the dark and possibly the unseen spirits, you will have an unforgettable experience as night transforms Mrs. Winchester’s massive home from an architectural curiosity into a foreboding presence unto itself. This is one open house you’ll never forget.

In 2017 we celebrate Friday the 13th in the month of January and October

Friday the 13th Honorary Bell Ringing Ceremony

In tribute to Mrs. Winchester’s fascination with the number 13, we sound the old tower bell 13 times at 1300 hours (1:00pm) every Friday the 13th. Past Honorary Bell Ringers have included Dan Boyle from the SJ Sharks, Bela Karoyli and Shannon Miller of Olympic gymnastics fame, KRTY's morning hosts Gary Scott Thomas & Julie Stevens, professional Ultimate Frisbee star Beau Kittredge from the San Jose Spiders, weather anchor and reporter Roberta Gonzales, and S.J. Sharkie (the beloved mascot of the San Jose Sharks). In February 2015 we gave our Facebook fans the chance to be our Honorary Bell Ringer by entering our Facebook contest.

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Wander through 110 of the 160 rooms of this Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress. Tour the estate daily. Keep up to date on all the happenings, worldly and otherwise, only with the exclusive "13th Hour" newsletter.

According to some sources, the Boston Medium consulted by Mrs. Winchester explained that her family and her fortune were being haunted by spirits – in fact, by the spirits of American Indians, Civil War soldiers, and others killed by Winchester rifles. Mrs. Winchester was instructed to move west and appease the spirits by building a great house for them. As long as construction of the house never ceased, Mrs. Winchester could rest assured that her life was not in danger.